NISSAN

NISSAN MICRA HATCHBACK 1.0 IG-T 100 Tekna 5dr [Vision+/Ext+Pk/Leather]

Fuel

FuelPetrol

Transmission

TransmissionManual

Acceleration

0 - 62 mph10.9s

WLTP - CO2 (g/km)

WLTP - CO2126 g/km

When the first Nissan Micra appeared more than 30 years ago, it marked a revolution in the small hatchback segment and opened a new chapter for Nissan. This fifth generation Micra has proved to be just as revolutionary, and in this lightly improved form is intended to raise expectations for what a small hatchback can, and should, deliver to its customer.

MICRA MANAGEMENT

Nissan's fifth generation Micra gets a light refresh. It's still one of the best value superminis out there, as Jonathan Crouch discovers.

Ten Second Review

When the first Nissan Micra appeared more than 30 years ago, it marked a revolution in the small hatchback segment and opened a new chapter for Nissan. This fifth generation Micra has proved to be just as revolutionary, and in this lightly improved form is intended to raise expectations for what a small hatchback can, and should, deliver to its customer.

Background

Here's a supermini with a lot to prove. Made by a brand with a lot of ground to make up in this segment. Welcome to the fifth generation Nissan Micra. If you're shopping in this sector, you'll probably recognise the name. Indeed, a decade or so back, there was apparently more public awareness of the Micra badge than there was of the Nissan brand itself. When was the last time you saw one though? And that's just the point. Nissan needs to rebuild this car's market presence. As a result, there certainly are no half-measures with this fifth generation model, first launched back in 2017, which features a full-on European design mostly engineered in the UK and built in the same French Renault plant near Paris that makes that brand's rival Clio model. The Micra shares an evolved version of that car's platform too. Drive dynamics are borrowed from larger models in the Nissan line-up. Hi-tech safety and media technology's been democratised for use here too, plus there's a far more pleasingly designed cabin that offers more space and can be embellished with some tempting customer options. Sounds promising doesn't it? Let's take a closer look at this car in its most recent form.

Driving Experience

Under the bonnet, buyers get a 1.0-litre petrol engine in two flavours. Most choose the IG-T 100 unit, which develops 100hp and is offered with either 6-speed manual or automatic transmission. There's also a perkier DIG-T 117 unit borrowed from the Juke SUV developing 117hp and only offered with manual transmission. Of great importance here are the efforts that have been put in to improve the way that this Micra 'Gen5' drives. This model features what Nissan calls 'Active Ride Control' for enhanced ride comfort - particularly over sharp undulations and speed humps. There's also 'Active Trace Control' for reduced understeer and sharper handling - both features borrowed from the brand's larger Qashqai and X-Trail models. A clever brushless electric power steering system - for greater steering feel and response - is also available. And much attention has been paid to reducing noise in the cabin. Nissan has focused on improving noise insulation and optimising the car's aerodynamic performance. Enhanced aero efficiency has been achieved thanks to the combined roof and side spoiler. As a result, this Micra has achieved a Cd of 0.29 - impressive for a supermini of this class.

Design and Build

Visual changes to this revised version of the fifth generation design are very slight. Plusher variants now get full-LED headlights and smarter 17-inch alloy wheels. Otherwise, not much has been changed because not much needed to be. The styling remains faithful to that of the 2015 Geneva Motor Show 'Sway' concept car that led to the development of this one. It's a riot of emotive curves and creases, with design cues including a distinctive V-motion grille, from where a sharp-edged character line runs through to the rear end with its boomerang-shaped lights. There's a so-called 'floating roof', an effect created by blacked-out rear C-pillars that hide the rear door handles so as to create a 'coupe'-like look. All of this is matched by a wide selection of vivid colours, including a particularly vibrant 'Energy Orange'. Inside, much attention has been paid to driver comfort, with a lower driving position for a more secure driving feel. It should be easy for all drivers to achieve the perfect driving position thanks to greater seat adjustment, the fully adjustable steering wheel and the optimal positioning of the pedals and shift lever. The car's extended width and wheelbase means cabin space is now among the best in class. The gliding wing-shaped dashboard gives the cabin a light, sleek and spacious look.

Market and Model

Prices start at around £14,000 and there are four grade levels to choose from - Visia, Acenta, N-Sport and Tekna. Buyers will be limited to a five-door hatch bodystyle. Nissan hope that the car will appeal to 'downsizers', people trading out of larger cars into smaller ones that remain plush and technologically savvy. To make it appealing to these people, there's what the brand hopes is class-leading levels of electronic safety and media connectivity. Safety features include 'Lane Departure Prevention' and 'Intelligent Emergency Braking with pedestrian recognition', as well as an 'Intelligent Around View Monitor', 'Traffic Sign Recognition', 'High Beam Assist' and 'Blind Spot Warning'. As for the media stuff, well Micra 'Gen5' comes with a 7-inch full colour central display, providing access to the audio system, satellite navigation, mobile phone connectivity, downloadable apps and Siri voice control via Apple CarPlay. Nissan has also worked with Bose to develop a bespoke 6-speaker 'Personal sound system' for the car, with two Bose 'UltraNearfield' speakers, combined with Bose 'PersonalSpace Virtual Audio Technology' built into the driver seat headrest for a remarkably immersive listening experience.

Cost of Ownership

However style-led and fashion-conscious any modern supermini might be, it's not going to sell unless its running costs remain pragmatic. Here, that's not an issue. The entry-level 0.9-litre 90bhp IG-T 100 unit achieves a good combination of performance and WLTP efficiency - up to 48.7mpg on the combined cycle and 126g/km of CO2 in manual form; it's up to 44.1mpg and up to 140g/km as an auto. The DIG-117 version manages up to 47.9mpg and 133g/km. As you'd expect, Nissan has developed a Stop-Start system for the car to cut the engine when you don't need it, stuck in traffic or waiting at the lights. If you've got a top version with the optional 'Connect' sat nav set-up, then you'll also have a navigation system with so-called 'eco-routing', a feature that sees it able to calculate the route likely to use the least fuel. What else? Well residual values won't be quite as strong as some more established rivals in this segment, but the high specification on offer will help here, as it prevents buyers from diluting their residuals by adding expensive options.

Summary

In the supermini segment, it's going to take a very special car to divert customers from their Fiestas and Corsas. If this Micra isn't that car, then it's hard to see what else the Japanese brand could have done. In virtually every respect, it's a big step forward from its forgettable predecessor and sells at lower prices than the supermini class norm. As a result, what's been delivered here is a supermini able to duke it out with the class best. A smartly styled interior helps in that regard and the quite dramatic exterior styling also does much to reinforce the perception of quality. These days, this is a car you could realistically recommend to somebody who doesn't want to follow the crowd. I think Nissan would call that a result.

  • Front and rear electric windows
  • Rain sensor windscreen wipers
  • Rear privacy glass
  • Rear wiper with reverse link

  • Intelligent emergency braking with pedestrian recognition
  • Electronic Stability Programme + Anti-slip regulation traction control + Critical Sliding Velocity understeer control
  • Hill start assist
  • Forward emergency braking
  • Anti-lock Brake System + Electronic Brakeforce Distribution + Brake assist

  • Bluetooth system

  • Blind spot assist
  • Moving object detection
  • Rear parking sensors
  • Traffic sign recognition
  • Lane departure warning system
  • Cruise control
  • Power assist steering
  • Lane departure prevention
  • 360 degree around view monitor
  • Adjustable speed limiter

  • Stop/start system

  • Smartphone integration with Apple CarPlay and Android auto
  • Outside temperature gauge
  • Trip computer
  • New Nissan Connect touchscreen navigation and Entertainment system
  • Advanced drive assist display 5'' TFT coloured screen

  • Electric folding door mirrors
  • Heated door mirrors
  • Electrically adjustable door mirrors
  • Automatic dimming rear view mirror

  • Steering wheel mounted audio controls
  • Aux-in socket
  • USB/iPod connection
  • DAB Digital radio
  • Audio system with MP3
  • Bose sound system with 6 speakers

  • Concealed rear door handles
  • Body colour front door handles
  • Antenna
  • Rear roof spoiler

  • Automatic headlights
  • Front fog lights
  • High mounted stop lamp
  • LED indicators in door mirrors
  • Automatic activation of hazard warning lights
  • LED daytime running lights
  • High beam assist

  • Automatic air conditioning

  • Parcel shelf
  • Height adjustable steering wheel
  • Front console storage box
  • Leather wrapped gear shift knob
  • Chrome interior door handles
  • 3 cupholders
  • Boot compartment cover
  • Satin silver air vents
  • Gear shift indicator
  • Front and rear door pockets with bottle holders
  • Tilt/telescopic adjustable steering wheel
  • 12V power point front
  • Leather wrapped steering wheel
  • Synthetic leather instrumental panel inserts
  • Synthetic leather front door pads
  • Leather wrapped parking break

  • LED ambient lighting
  • Boot light
  • Map reading lamp
  • Illuminated electric window switch
  • Luggage compartment lighting

  • Front side airbags
  • Three 3 point rear seatbelts
  • Seatbelt warning
  • Warning triangle and first aid kit
  • Passenger airbag deactivation system
  • Front and rear curtain airbags
  • Rear seatbelts with pre-tensioners and load limiters
  • Height adjustable front seatbelts with pre-tensioners and load limiters
  • Crash sensor
  • Tyre pressure monitoring system
  • Driver/Front Passenger airbags

  • Isofix front passenger and rear seat preparation
  • 60/40 split folding rear seat
  • 2 height adjustable rear headrests
  • Driver's seat manual height adjustment
  • Passenger seat back pocket
  • Reclining front seats
  • Height adjustable front headrests with satin sliver decoration

  • Remote central locking
  • Anti-theft immobiliser
  • Intelligent key with push button ignition

  • Driver/passenger sunvisors and vanity mirrors

  • 17" Personalisation alloy wheels

  • Tyre repair kit

  • CO2 (g/km): 105
  • Standard Euro Emissions: EURO 6
  • NOx: 0.047
  • HC+NOx: N
  • Particles: N
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb: 127
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb - Max: 133
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb - Min: 126

  • Engine Code: HR10DET
  • Cylinders: 3
  • Cylinder Layout: IN-LINE
  • Number of Valves: 12
  • Camshaft: DOHC
  • Fuel Delivery: TURBO DIRECT INJECTION
  • Catalytic Convertor: True
  • Engine Layout: FRONT TRANSVERSE
  • Compression Ratio: 9.5:1
  • Transmission: MANUAL
  • Gears: 5 SPEED
  • Cylinders - Bore (mm): 72.2
  • Cylinders - Stroke (mm): 81.3
  • CC: 999

  • EC Directive 1999/100/EC Applies: False
  • WLTP - MPG - Low - Min: 37.7
  • WLTP - MPG - Low - Max: 36.2
  • WLTP - MPG - Medium - Min: 54.3
  • WLTP - MPG - Medium - Max: 51.4
  • WLTP - MPG - High - Min: 62.8
  • WLTP - MPG - High - Max: 57.6
  • WLTP - MPG - Extra High - Min: 48.7
  • WLTP - MPG - Extra High - Max: 44.8
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb - Min: 50.4
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb - Max: 47.9
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low - Min: 7.5
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low - Max: 7.8
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium - Min: 5.2
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium - Max: 5.5
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High - Min: 4.5
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High - Max: 4.9
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High - Min: 5.8
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High - Max: 6.3
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - Min: 5.6
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - Max: 5.9

  • Generation Mark: 4
  • Alternative Fuel Qualifying: False
  • Special Edition: False
  • Special Order: False
  • Based On ID: N
  • Insurance Group 1 - 50 Effective January 07: 9E
  • Did at least one aspect of this vehicle's safety give cause for concern?: False
  • Service Interval Mileage: 12500
  • Service Interval Frequency - Months: 12
  • NCAP Adult Occupant Protection %: 91
  • NCAP Child Occupant Protection %: 79
  • NCAP Pedestrian Protection %: 68
  • NCAP Safety Assist %: 49
  • NCAP Overall Rating - Effective February 09: 4
  • Badge Power: 100
  • Badge Engine CC: 1.0
  • Vehicle Homologation Class: M1
  • Coin Series: Tekna Vis+ Ext+ Lthr
  • Coin Description: IG-T 100
  • Standard manufacturers warranty - Years: N
  • Standard manufacturers warranty - Mileage: N
  • Manufacturers Paintwork Guarantee - Years: 3
  • Manufacturers Corrosion Perforation Guarantee - Years: 12

  • Engine Power - KW: 74
  • Engine Power - RPM: 5000
  • Engine Torque - LBS.FT: 106
  • Engine Torque - NM: 144
  • Engine Torque - RPM: 2750
  • Engine Power - BHP: 100
  • Engine Power - PS: True
  • 0 to 60 mph (secs): False
  • 0 to 62 mph (secs): 10.9
  • Top Speed: 114
  • Engine Torque - MKG: 14.7

  • Emissions Test Cycle: WLTP

  • Alloys?: True
  • Space Saver?: False
  • Wheel Style: N
  • Tyre Size Rear: 205/45 R17
  • Tyre Size Spare: TYRE REPAIR KIT
  • Wheel Type: 17" ALLOY
  • Tyre Size Front: 205/45 R17

  • Width (including mirrors): 1935
  • Height: 1455
  • Length: 3999
  • Width: 1743
  • Wheelbase: 2525

  • Minimum Kerbweight: 1060
  • Gross Vehicle Weight: 1550
  • Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres): 41
  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Up): 300
  • No. of Seats: 5
  • Max. Towing Weight - Braked: 1200
  • Max. Towing Weight - Unbraked: 555
  • Max. Loading Weight: 490
  • Max. Roof Load: 40
  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Down): 1004
  • Turning Circle - Kerb to Kerb: 10

  • Pearlescent paint: £170
  • Metallic paint: Included

  • LED Headlights: £495
  • 4 pocket halogen headlights with signature finisher: Included

  • Soft knee pad with stitching: Included
  • Interior personalisation leather upholstery with heated front seats: £350
  • Leather upholstery + heated front seats: Included

  • Exterior pack - Energy orange - Micra: Included
  • Exterior pack - Enigma black - Micra: £0
  • Exterior pack - Vibrant chrome - Micra: £0
  • Interior sports pack - Micra: £1,200

  • Metallic - Power blue: £0
  • Metallic - Echo grey: £0
  • Metallic - Enigma black: £0
  • Metallic - Platinum silver: £0
  • Metallic - Warm silver: £0
  • Metallic - Passion Red: £0
  • Metallic - Burgundy: £0
  • Metallic - Energy Orange: £0

  • Pearl - Glaze white: £170

  • Interior personalisation leather with heated front seats - Invigorating Red: £350
  • Leather - Black + heated front seats: £0

  • Interior sports pack - Leather/Alcantara - Black: £1,200

Whilst every effort is made to verify and ensure the accuracy of the data, the information should only be used as a guide and no purchasing decision should be made without verification of the data from either the manufacturer or franchised dealer. Our offers may be on a different model year to that represented by this data and so specification may differ accordingly.

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